The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Daily Crime & Fire newspaper recently removed short summaries and advanced research and made other changes, which police say were aimed at ensuring the highest accuracy and protecting life. private people.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Chief Hassan Ramzah said there were many inconsistencies in how the crime registry was put together, especially with older archived cases. For example, how incident reports were filed at one point in the crime registry is not the same as how they would be filed now, Ramzah said. As a result, Ramzah said he wanted to clean up these inconsistencies.
“My position is that if we are to release information publicly, it has to be accurate and correct,” Ramzah said.
Ramzah said the intention behind the decision to remove incident summaries was to increase confidentiality rather than reduce transparency.
“I know there is a need to know, or at least a desire to know what happened and specific details, but we also have to weigh that against what is in the best interests of our students,” Ramzah said. “The point is to try and improve at what we do. He doesn’t try to hide anything.
Ramzah said it is difficult to determine if the summaries will return in the future, but the privacy and protection of UNL students is the top priority of the UNLPD.
“It’s a tough job to change all of that and so it’s a work in progress,” said Deb Fiddelke, UNL’s communications and marketing manager. “The most important thing is to make sure that the information we provide is consistent and accurate and meets all the requirements of the Clery Act, which it does.”
With the August protests against the brotherhood and sexual assault of Phi Gamma Delta, and general concerns about campus safety, Ramzah said he understands these changes might not appear to be coming at an ideal time.
“There is never a right time to change the crime registry, but there is always a right time to do the right thing,” Ramzah said.